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Monday, June 14, 2021


Marine salvage is the process of rescuing a ship, its cargo, or other property from peril. Salvage encompasses rescue towing, putting out fires, patching or repairing a ship, refloating a sunken or grounded vessel, moving a disabled vessel in order to clear navigation channels, and raising sunken ships or their cargo. Equipment involved in salvage operations may include cranes, floating dry docks, and support vessels (such as tugboats). Commercial divers may be called upon to perform underwater tasks and monitor progress below the surface.

Protecting the marine environment from pollution from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is often an important part of salvage activities. Usually the vessel or valuable parts of the vessel or its cargo may be recovered for its resale value, or for scrap. The vast majority of salvage operations are contracted to qualified seamen and engineers working as professional salvors. Usually, contracted agents expect no financial reward unless the salvage operation is at least partially successful.

If salvage is not performed under a contract, then the rescuer must act voluntarily and aside from any legal duty to act, other than the acknowledged duty to render assistance to those in peril at sea or to attend after a collision. If the owner or the owner’s agent is still on the ship, they can refuse offers of assistance. A vessel found entirely deserted or abandoned without hope or intention of recovery is considered derelict and is fair game for anyone who comes across it. It is not true, however, that the rescuer or salvor automatically becomes the owner of the property. The owner always has the option to reclaim his property by paying an appropriate reward.

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The container ship “X-PRESS PEARL” burning Tuesday morning - Credit: Sri Lanka Air Force

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Fire Put Out at Golden Ray Wreck Site

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Image courtesy Schottel

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The Seacor Eagle is on scene for salvage and pollution response operations following the fatal capsizing of the Seacor Power off Port Fourchon, La. (Photo: Brendan Freeman / U.S. Coast Guard)

Salvage Crews Begin Lightering Fuel from Seacor Power

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(Photo: Indonesian Navy)

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File photo: Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala (402) (Photo: Alonzo M. Archer / U.S. Navy)

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Coast Guard marine inspectors inspect the Seacor Eagle for readiness and approval to be used as an asset in the Seacor Power response. (Photo: Nicole J. Groll / U.S. Coast Guard)

Responders Working to Salvage Capsized Lift Boat Seacor Power

The U.S. Coast Guard is working with the Seacor Power's owner to salvage the lift…

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New Maritime Response Center to Serve Alaska's Pacific Rim

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(Photo: SAAM Towage)

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